Maharashtra floods: Ten villages submerged

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{image-villages submerged_22092008.jpg}Aurangabad, Sep 22: As many as 10 villages in Gevrai tehsil of Beed district in Maharashtra's Marathwada region have been marooned for the past three days following the floods caused due to the release of water from Jayakwadi dam into the Godavari river.

According to the sources, around 38 villages have been submerged. Of them, ten have become inaccessible as the bridges connecting them have been submerged. The administration has not been able to establish contact with these villages. They included Rajapur, Sableshawar, Rakashasbhuvan, Boragaon Thadi, Kathoda, Pangulgaon, Shiripat Antarwala, Chincholi, Gangawadi and Raheri. The administration has taken all preventive measures to fight floods in Gevrai, Majalgaon and Parli tehsils.

The administration has established disaster management control room at Panchayat Samiti in Paithan tehsil of the district to cope with the situation arisen due to the floods. The cell will remain open for 24 hours for the benefit of the citizens. The control room will provide information to the senior officers and the flood-affected villages after every hour about the flood situation.

The authorities have formed 14 emergency squads to work round-the-clock for the flood-affected villages. A team of health department comprising medical officer, health supervisors and employees, has been active in each village for last 24 hours.

The administration has also formed a control and vigilance committee and deployed a team of swimmers in each village. The villages will be supplied water through tankers, if they demand. The Harsul lake is also overflowing, endangering the lives of 3,000 people.


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